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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:19:58 +0000


Kindly inform me if you are interested in a joint partnership venture of
US$150m with you or your company for a long time period in your country. I
am writing to solicit your urgent assistance in the noble transaction that
will be designated in your country.

I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics
which I feel may be of great disturbance to you personally, but I feel
quite safe dealing with you. Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly
abused as I choose to reach you through it because it remains the fastest,
surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this
correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. I am
contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality I have reposed to your
higher confidence

Areas of Investment interest are REAL ESTATE, AGRICULTURE and HOTEL etc.
If this is acceptable, send your response with your full personal details
for more details and follow-up process.

I will await your message.

Yours faithfully,

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